Bed bugs have become a major pest over the last few years.  With world travel, it is easy to transport beg bugs in your baggage, backpacks and clothing.  The first thing is to identify and know if it is a bed bug that you may have.  If you are getting bit at night about the head, neck, arms and the bumps are in a string like pearls then you need to check the area for the bed bugs. 

Pull the mattress cover back and look in the folds of the mattress and under any tags that are on the the sides of the mattress.  An adult bed bug will be about the size of the end of the eraser on a pencil. The adults can move rather quickly so don't be surprised when they start to move.  In areas where there are several bed bugs, there will something that looks like coffee grounds.  This the feces that also has blood in it.  If you find these items then you have verified that you do have bed bugs.

Bed bugs can survive up to a year between blood meals.  So to start, you can use a vacuum cleaner and vacuum up as many of the bugs that you can find.  Once done the vacuum should be taken outside and cleaned out into the trash.  The bed bugs may still be in the mattress and box springs. This is not a problem as they make bed bug encasements for the mattress and box springs.  This will contain what bugs may be inside and they will eventually die from not being able to get to the host (YOU) to feed on.

There some over-the-counter chemicals on the market that are labeled for bed bugs.  You will have to check the labels and see which may work for you.  Do not think applying more than recommended is better.  Using too much can act like a repellent.  The insects will move to other areas until the insecticide loses effectiveness then move right back in.  

Be sure to check the cracks and crevices of the bed frame, head board, dressers and any other areas that may harbor the bugs.  Be sure to check between the mattress and box springs to see if any bugs have gotten between them.  The mattress encasements will keep the bed bugs out of the mattress and box springs but they will still get in-between them.

If you use some kind of insecticidal dust, use it sparingly.  If you can see it, so can the bed bugs.  Just puff a lite dust in the areas that it is suspected to be harboring the bugs.  When using aerosols, be careful not to breath the vapors and hold the can at arms length.

We hope these instructions will help until the "stay-at-home" order has been lifted for our area and we can resume normal operations.  Remember we are all in this together.  Stay safe.

Bed bug

This is an adult bed bug.  Even though bed bugs like to hide, you can usually find the adult bed bugs upon careful inspection.